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  • My mom's lawsuit was settled however she needs to sign probate papers.

    She has to sign a form stating that she acknowledges that she has received her distributive share of the estate in full. But she hasn't received the money yet from my brothers wrongful death lawsuit. Why should she sign if she hasn't got the mone...

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    A signed receipt is typically required by the Estate prior to the time it will issue a beneficiary distribution. The distribution may be partial (pending the outcome of the wrongful death case) but it is hard to tell based on what you have included in this question. If the Estate is the Plaintiff in the wrongful death suit, final distributions would not be made by the the Estate until that case is completed. But, if your Brother's will/trust provides for a one time distribution of X dollars to your Mom, it may be that a distribution of X dollars is all she is entitled to and thus would actually be her "final" distribution.

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  • How do i apply to transfer case from law division of cook county illinois court to chancery division?

    this is a commercial litigation where an account officer (vice president) of the lender compamy approved short sale of a commercial property and agreed to issue a deficiency note to borrower for the balance all via emails. lender allowed propert...

    Steven’s Answer

    You will need to allege these facts in an affirmative defense to the Lender's claim for the deficiency amount, attaching whatever documents support the facts alleged. You don't seem to need a counterclaim and it does not appear there is any basis to seek transfer from Law Division to Chancery. You should consult with counsel for assistance.

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  • My partner and I started a small LLC as a software dev company. I'd like to remove my name and let my partner own it solely.

    How do I remove my name easily? There are no disagreement around anything, I just need to take my name off the LLC. It is in Illinois.

    Steven’s Answer

    Depends on whether your LLC is member managed or manager managed and whether K1s were issued. Generally speaking you could resign and tender your membership interests back to the LLC.

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  • What does "case passed generally" mean?

    Case Review Held Cause called. Plaintiffs appear by Counsel. Defendants appear not, nor by Counsel. Case passed generally.

    Steven’s Answer

    Passing a case is equivalent to continuing the case without taking any action. It may have been that the Judge questioned whether the Defendant was given proper notice to appear or that the case was passed for a few minutes to give the Defendant additional time to appear and perhaps the Plaintiff's counsel left and failed to return to seek an order or ruling.

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  • Can I sue the person who signed for me without my knowledge the act of ownership of the vehicle we had together what lawyer need

    the vehicle was on both names and without my permission was sold and my signed forced.

    Steven’s Answer

    You should go the police department and explain the situation as this sounds like forgery which is a criminal offense.

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  • What constitutes a "response" in Illinois?

    I have a replacement policy in Illinois with a blanket limit on my contents. I sent my proof of loss and list of contents on 11.19.13. I did not receive a written response until 1.4.14 where they stated they were still investigating the claim. Rea...

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    You should consider contacting the broker or agency from whom you purchased the policy. They should help you cut through the red tape, determine the status of the claim and work as your liaison to the insurer. If you have tried this and are still not getting anywhere, there should be a claims adjuster assigned to the claim. Contacting that person would be a logical next step. If you are being ignored or stonewalled, you may consider filing a complaint with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation which you can do by visiting their website.

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  • I keep getting calls from a litigation lawyer giving me 48hrs to respond. This has been going on for a month. Is it real?

    Called the number and no answer. Looked it up and was on a website about scams. Should I call the number back or ignore it?

    Steven’s Answer

    If the caller has not identified the nature of the call, who he/she represents or the subject matter, then you should ignore the calls. Most attorneys would draft a letter covering the subject they wish to address instead of simply calling and leaving a nondescript message demanding a call back based on an arbitrary deadline....here 48 hours.

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  • How do I handle a judgement against me for monies owed to a previous lawyer?

    I owe a bill from 2006 to a lawyer who represented me in a visitation case. I have custody of the child. I emotionally chose not to pay the bill, then before getting over that, forgot about it. The lady that lives un my townhome received a citatio...

    Steven’s Answer

    I suggest you approach the attorney with an offer for a discounted lump sum payment if you can manage to pay it. Second option would be a motion to modify the citation based on your financial situation. The Judge might reduce the amount going towards paying the judgement if you can establish that allowing all of the rent to be taken would cause you to suffer a hardship like the inability to pay your mortgage & real estate taxes.

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  • I was told that for a Sole Proprietor photography company that i don't need a business license is this true?

    I live in Hillsboro Illinois and am just looking to find the legal information on this.

    Steven’s Answer

    You should contact the City of Hillsboro and Montgomery County to determine whether a business license is required in your particular case which may depend upon whether you are opening a store for business in the City and/or County. Next you can visit the State's website (http://www2.illinois.gov/Business/Pages/registration.aspx) to further investigate licensing and registration requirements. I will say that you are likely to be much better off seeking the assistance of a local attorney to assist you in determining the appropriate entity and licensing requirements. Starting a business is easy, however, doing it correctly (and with the right entity selection) at the inception can save you many headaches and much expense. Equally important is the advice of an accountant who can guide you through the tax ramifications that you, like every small business start-up will face. Typically the attorney you consult with will be able to provide the name of an accountant who is close by and suitable for your needs. Good luck on your new business.

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  • What legal action do I have if I was sexually assaulted repeatedly when I was 8 to 10 by a minor who was 2 yrs older I am 16

    I am a 16 yr old girl who was repeatedly sexually assaulted(raped) by the neighbor boy. He was 2 to 3yrs older than me. I have been in counselling for years and have experienced ptsd, depression and anxiety disorders as a result of the abuse. What...

    Steven’s Answer

    Call the DuPage County Sheriff to report what has happened to you. These are are serious criminal charges. Civil claims should not drive this at the outset as the perp. needs to be prosecuted ASAP. Consult with local counsel as to civil claims.

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